Municipal Awareness Week
November 16-22, 2015
Municipal Awareness Week is fast approaching! This campaign is aimed at promoting the importance of municipal government in peoples' daily lives and encouraging citizen participation in municipal government. Plans include presentations about the role of municipal government to schools, a photo contest of Cumberland County, and events taking place in our municipal buildings! Stay tuned as we launch our exciting contests and events.
Public Hearing Re: Parrsboro Dissolution
   NOVEMBER 9, 2015  

The Town of Parrsboro will be holding a Public Hearing for a Preliminary Order for the Proposed Dissolution of the Town of Parrsboro. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 11:00am at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 45, 56 Moore Street, Parrsboro

November Council Dates
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet on November 2 and 18 at the Upper Nappan Service Centre. 

The session on November 2 will begin at 6:30pm. 
The session on November 18 will begin at 1:00pm. 

Please visit our website for more information about Council.

Springhill Natural Accessible Playground
Design is not yet complete. This photo is for informational purposes only.
Bringing people back to nature
Spring 2016 will see an exciting addition to Springhill's Lions Park.   A natural, accessible playground will be constructed adjacent to the current playground.

That's right...a playground that uses minimal man-made components and puts a focus back on nature. This playground will also focus on providing new  opportunities for children to be more physically active, and ensuring that those opportunities are available for children of varying levels of ability .

Recent grant announcements:
$10,000 from Nova Scotia's Community ACCESS-ability grant program. Learn More
$45,500 from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund. Learn more

Canine Control
Information on Canine Control programs and services
Our Canine Control Officer's duties include helping residents with issues related to dogs in Cumberland County. These include issues such as:
  • Dogs running at large
  • Dogs leaving waste on private property belonging to others
  • Dogs biting humans or animals and
  • Assistance with RCMP in removing dogs from unsafe and unfit dwellings.
To find out more information about Canine Control, or who to contact regarding issues of animal abuse or neglect, visit our website
Heating Assistance Rebate Program
Find out if you qualify for the provincial Heating Rebate
The Heating Assistance Rebate Program provides help to lower-income Nova Scotians with the cost of home heating. This program is administered by the Province of Nova Scotia. Visit Access Nova Scotia to see if you qualify for this program

Adapted Equipment Loan Program
Equipment available now
The anticipated Adapted Equipment Loan Program is ready to get started! A large team effort including multiple organizations in Cumberland County have made this initiative possible. 

Multiple barriers can stand in the way of fitness and leisure for persons with disabilities. One such barrier is access to specialized equipment that will meet their needs. Not only is the equipment specialized, it's expensive. This program hopes to decrease barriers to participation in sport and recreation by offering the free loan of equipment that will open up opportunities for physical activity. We hope this will be the beginning of many supports we can bring to this population.

Learn More

Civic Addressing
Order your civic address sign today!
Emergency services can't help you if they can't find you. Without properly posted civic numbers to guide them, emergency responders may have difficulty locating the site of a 911 emergency. Civic numbers are relatively inexpensive, and extremely effective. To find out how to order a civic address sign, visit our website.

Christmas Parades
Parades throughout the County
November 21 (6:00PM) - Amherst
Theme "North Pole"

November 26 (6:30PM) - Springhill 
Theme "There is No Place Like Home for the Holidays"

November 27 (6:30PM) - Oxford 
Theme "Christmas Stories"

November 29 (5:30PM) - River Hebert
Theme "I'll be Home for Christmas"

December 4 (6:30PM) - Parrsboro
Santa Claus Parade

Citizen Survey
Telephone surveys happening now!
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland needs your input and feedback on important initiatives.
Telephone surveys began on October 26th. If you are randomly selected to answer this important survey, please take the short time to make your opinions count. 
*Individual responses will be kept confidential.*
Your Caller ID will show a call from Vision Research from a (902) 370 exchange. You can also call 877-744-4405 and quote the Nova Insights survey from Cumberland County.
For taking part, you will be entered into a draw to win one of two grocery gift cards being given away in Cumberland County. (value $50 each)
We appreciate your participation!
Funding Opportunities
Girls' Fund Grants, 2016-2020
Accepting proposals until December 2nd, 2015

The Girls' Fund grants are intended to support community programs or networks designed to increase protective factors in girls aged 9 to 13 - such as confidence, critical thinking skills, social connectedness, and overall resilience. 
Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:
    -Girls program involving weekly programming for girls
    -Girls group mentoring involving formal mentoring, matching small groups of girls with one mentor or team of mentors
    -Combined girls program and girls group mentoring 
    -Network activities involving building the capacity of girls serving organizations across a region or nationally
Up to 28 grants will be selected, to a maximum of $40,000 per year for four years. Initiatives must work with girls aged 9 to 13 and be inclusive of all gender expression.
Increased access to safe, managed Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails and riding areas is a key component in the government's OHV Action Plan. 
The 2015-2016 deadline for funding is November 13, 2015.
For more information on eligibility, details on funding, and to apply please visit the website.

Accepting applications between November 16 and December 4, 2015. The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), with support from Sport Canada, awards 10 WISE fund grants annually, each valued at $1,000. The grant was created to assist in the development of women leaders and support organizations that are currently offering or creating sport programs for girls and women.

One for Youth Atlantic
Calling all non-profit organizations, elementary and high schools: Do you a great idea for a project to benefit young people in your region? Do you have an initiative that will spark their interest in entrepreneurship? 

For the third year in a row, and fuelled by the enthusiastic response to the first two editions, theOne for Youth Regional Committees will award a total of $1 million to encourage youth across Canada, support them in their development, help them put their ideas into practice and launch projects, as well as develop the skills that characterize entrepreneurs today.

Until November 6, you are invited to submit an application for an inspiring youth initiative focusing on one of the three pillars in the One for Youth program: supporting entrepreneurial spirit, health and wellness, and education. You could receive up to $15,000 in financial support.
The 2016 Lucky Duck Lottery is Now Underway!
Designed to help non-profit clubs, groups and organizations raise funds. Now in its 36th year!   Who can sell Lucky Duck Tickets? Community organizations like school clubs, sport teams, theatre groups, choirs, garden clubs, senior clubs. Any non-profit group!

Recreation Nova Scotia Supplies the tickets, prizes, seller kits, and administers the program. All you need to do is sell the tickets!  Tickets are $1.00; 70 cents of every $1.00 sold stays with the group. No cost goes to the group whatsoever!

Selling period for 2016 is November 1st, 2015 to March 4th, 2016
1st prize-$3,000 cash!;
2nd prize-$500 cash;
3rd prize-weekend getaway
Plus 7 prizes of $100

Free Afterschool & General Skates Continue
The Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre staff in Springhill are ecstatic with the turnout for the free skating sessions. So many people are being active, socializing and having fun!
For scheduled skate times, please contact the Community Centre at (902) 763-3000.
Donate Skates
Many gently used skates have been donated for reuse by others.  Providing people with the proper equipment helps make sure everyone gets an equal opportunity to participate. 
Due to the tremendous success of the free skates, we are now in need of more gently used skates! If you would like to donate a pair (or two!), we know we have people who will make great use of them.  Just drop them off at the Community Centre at 6 Main Street.  For more information please call (902) 763-3025.  
Thank You!  Thank you! (good things come in pairs)
What's Happening?
Visit our website to find out information about upcoming events in Cumberland County. Each area in the County is colour-coded so it's a quick and easy way to see what's going on in your region!